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Charlie Chaplin – mini portrait, day 36

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Charlie Chaplin


Charlie Chaplin died on 25th of December, 1977. I don’t remember that, because I was 2 years old at that time, but I remember the joy of his movies through my childhood.

My 36th day of mini art is dedicated to the brave and funny tramp, Sir Charlie Chaplin.

“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world. Not even our troubles.”

"Charlie Chaplin", mini portrait, acrylic on canvas (7,5cm x 7,5cm)

“Charlie Chaplin”, mini portrait, acrylic on canvas (7,5cm x 7,5cm)


Pawn – day 35

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Pawn is very interesting chess figure. It is the weakest figure of all and it moves slow, but if the pawn manage to come to the end of the opponent side, it can become any figure (except King). In chess terms, it is called “promoted”. I love to see it as transformation.

Maybe some other day I will write more about chess or transformation. Today I just want to say:

Do not despise pawns. You never know what they may become.

"Pawn", acrylic on canvas ( 7,5cm x 7,5cm)

“Pawn”, acrylic on canvas ( 7,5cm x 7,5cm)


Chocolate candies – day 34

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Chocolate candies

New Year is coming and our house is full of chocolates, candies and lollipops. Our kids are happy and so are we :)

Few days ago, our dear friend Sissel bring us some chocolate candies from “Freia”, Norway. Today, as I was giving some of them to my kids, I dropped the package by accident and the candies spilled on the table. Colors of the candies and the table, together with the shadows – it was beautiful composition. I had to paint them. Well, take a look.

And yes, we eat all those candies later. Sorry.

"Chocolate candies", acrylic on hardboard (11cm x 12cm)

“Chocolate candies”, acrylic on hardboard (11cm x 12cm)





The gift – day 33

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The gift

Let’s make it simple:

today my wife has a birthday.

The gift is inside.

"The gift", acrylic on hardboard (9,5cm x 10cm)

“The gift”, acrylic on hardboard (9,5cm x 10cm)

Bristle brush – day 31

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Bristle brush

If you want to start with painting, you should know that bristle brush is very important tool. But, this brush on my painting is not some regular brush. It is special.

This is a gift from a friend. It is made in Finland and even thou I don’t speak that language (my fault), this brush was able to understood every time I was frustrated. It was my right hand for applying gesso for most of my paintings. This brush was calm even when I had bad days…

People deserves respect. Brushes also.

P.S. In Finnish language, “Mina rakastan sinua” means “I love you”.

"Bristle brush", acrylic on hardboard (13cm x 16cm)

“Bristle brush”, acrylic on hardboard (13cm x 16cm)

Light bulb – day 30

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Light bulb

Becoming an artist was tougher than I thought. Lots of choices had to be made: choosing the right canvas, choosing the right paints, right brushes, mediums… even choosing the right light bulb! Indeed.

Today I get my new light bulb. Now, if I was just a simple, mortal man, I would go to the shop and buy first one on the shelf. But, I am planning to become an artist, right? So, I had to choose artistic one, or to be specific, one which has: “exclusive technology, known as 508 Natural Daylight Illumination, gives you true colors, clear details, and reduced eyestrain and fatigue”. And I did! 1600 lumens! Beat that! :)

Seriously, light is important in painting and the new one will be very helpful tool. But, I am emotional with objects and I felt guilty for not using my old light bulb anymore. With this small, imperfect painting, I want to say “thanks for serving me well”.

Because saying thanks is also art.

"Light bulb", acrylic on hardboard (7cm x 11cm)

“Light bulb”, acrylic on hardboard (7cm x 11cm)




Portrait study – day 29

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Portrait study

Painting objects is easy. Paint the form of the object, paint shadow, add some light and that’s it. Even if it doesn’t look perfect, it will be fine. With portraits/figures is different. Humans have soul and that is so hard to paint.

For a year now I practice portraits. I don’t paint as much as I want, because I am still scared, but that is where I will go in the future with my art.

So, just to check where I am so far, first time in “100 days of mini art”- portrait study.

Portrait study, acrylic on hardboard (10cm x 20cm)

Portrait study, acrylic on hardboard (10cm x 20cm)





Candle – day 27

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Painting of candle, for all those people who are the light in this dark world we are living.

“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (Gospel of John)

"Candle", mini art, acrylic on hardboard (8cm x 13cm)

“Candle”, mini art, acrylic on hardboard (8cm x 13cm)